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>> These people are fleeing western Mosul where Iraqi security forces are clashing with Islamic State militants. I'm Reuters Correspondent, Stephen Kalin, just south of the city. People started piling in from the most western districts of Mosul, just down the road here. A lot of them are walking on foot, they're walking for at least an hour before the security forces are reaching them with trucks, piling them into trucks and then bringing them out to this area.
00:00:27
The building behind me is just an ordinary house that has been converted into a sort of a reception center. You'll see behind me there are mostly women and children, they've been separated from the men who are on the far side of the building, and the men have had to go through security screening.
00:00:44
So they give their ID to one of the security forces who puts their name in a computer, and checks if they're on a list of suspected Islamic State militants. A intelligence officer told me last night that they had caught seven suspected ISIS members that way, and the rest were let go.
00:01:03
Basically, they'll be put on buses along with the women and children behind me and sent to a refugee camp about an hour south from here. Iraqi forces entered western Mosul a few days ago, but the fighting has been fierce, the resistance has been fierce despite making quick gains in the initial few days.
00:01:20
Now, we're seeing they're getting deeper into the city, and there's fighting with, Islamic State is using drones, mortars, suicide car bombs, snipers, so the fighting is quite fierce and it might be some time before these people are able to get back home.